After talking with my friends about my participation in this year's Pink Boots Society collaboration brew as a part of International Women's Day, it quickly occurred to me that the history of women's role in brewing is not a well known subject.
From Sumerian beer to Japanese sake to Peruvian chicha, women were traditionally responsible for brewing alcoholic beverages for rituals and for consumption. When it comes to beer, it wasn't until the the industrialization and commodification of beer that brewing became a male dominated industry (If you are interested in learning more, "The Evolving Role of Women’s Contributions to Brewing Beer" from Craftbeer.com is a wonderful read).
Today, the role of women in all phases of the brewing industry is growing steadily. As we continue to increase our presence, I look forward to contributing to "assist, inspire, and encourage women in the beer industry to advance their careers through education" as a member of the Pink Boots Society and as teacher.